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Truck Drivers and Registered Nurses Continue to be the Most Sought After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data

April 24, 2018

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Truck Drivers and Registered Nurses Continue to be the Most Sought After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Over 16,000 New Ads Placed Online

MONTGOMERY - Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information Division shows that the most online wanted ads were for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and retail salespersons, with 6,645 ads placed for those occupations in March. Overall ads were over the year by 8.7%.
The Help Wanted Online (HWOL) data is compiled from all online job postings in the state, including those posted on the state’s free online jobs database,, and other sources; such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites. There were 40,370 online ads this month, of those16,437 were new ads.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.71 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.14 per hour, and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.41 per hour.
March 2018 Online Ads
March 2017 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3,529 2,342 50.7% $19.71
Registered Nurses 1,781 1,791 -0.6% $28.14
Retail Salespersons 1,335 1,159 15.2% $13.41
Customer Service Representatives 696 498 39.8% $16.02
Industrial Engineers 619 508 21.9% $42.49
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 604 574 5.2% $19.00
Software Developers, Applications 570 476 19.7% $46.15
Computer User Support Specialists 514 561 -8.4% $23.17
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 493 371 32.9% $14.94
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 397 453 -12.4% $31.10

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Division in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The above wage data is based on the May 2016 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current Employment Cost Index (ECI) factors reflecting wages as of December 2017. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.

“We are continuing to see significant growth in high wage occupations like industrial engineers,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “These occupations typically do the following: Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination. They apply their skills in many different disciplines, from manufacturing to healthcare systems to business administration. Employment for Industrial Engineers is expected to grow 13% throughout 2024 with average total openings of 190. The average annual wage for Industrial Engineers is $88,384.”
The top three employers posting ads in March were: Lowe’s (560), UAB Medicine (554), and Pizza Hut (538).
Forty-two percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and 76% of all ads are less than 90 days old.
“We’d like to encourage anyone who needs a job, or wants a different job, to come into one of our Career Centers for assistance,” said Washington. “Our trained staff can assist you in obtaining the career you want.”
A listing of Career Centers can be found at

The Alabama Department of Labor / The Alabama Career Center System is a partner in Alabama Works, Alabama’s unified workforce system.


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